Longtime probate court judge to retire next year

ADDISON COUNTY PROBATE Court Judge Eleanor “Misse” Smith will retire from the bench when her term is up early next year. She’s added her own flourishes to court business during her 15 years on the bench, including sealing adoptions with a colorful wand. Independent photo/Steve James

The word “judge” often conjures images of a stern face, a heavy gavel and a stern, black-cloaked figure ensconced behind a sturdy, nondescript wooden bench.

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